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Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood Paperback – Bargain Price, March 30, 2010
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In a time when How Not to Look Old is a bestseller, and the women who came of age during the 1960s are now in their 60s, outspoken women's movement veteran Levine (Inventing the Rest of Our Lives) advises women 50-plus to reject the desire to recapture youth and acknowledge their great good fortune in arriving at a point where they can creatively enhance the rest of their lives. Citing Madeleine L'Engle's observation, the great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been, Levine uses this book to air and explore her own feelings, and those of other women, about moving from the Fuck-You Fifties to a pleasanter, stress-defusing outlook characterized by a growing ability to not take lesser things too seriously. She offers a 10-step strategy for avoiding a descent into The Fertile Void, where late-midlife women find themselves in a state of confusion and lost self-confidence. The self-help lessons are nothing new: be your age, not your stage; take responsibility for your physical and emotional life; accept that you are not who you were, only older; use what you already know. Advertising-style jargon and nonsensical slogans get in the way of an otherwise promising positive message. (Apr.)
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"No more pretended youth! Suzanne Braun Levine shows us the wisdom and joys of living in our own personal present. For women who have been pressured into living the past over and over again, Fifty is the New Fifty is the first true age liberation."
"Suzanne Braun Levine's honest and empowering book is the antidote to all those anti-aging creams and glum pronouncements about life after fifty. It explains why for me and for so many other women, this has turned out to be the most free, creative, and rewarding time of life."
"Fifty is the New Fifty is just what I expected from Suzanne Braun Levine-useful, comforting and smart."
"Finally, fifty comes of age! Levine's concept of Second Adulthood confirms what women have been telling one another in private-this is a wonderful stage and we can each claim it in our own way."
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As far as the content , I could relate to some of the author's opinions and beliefs but not all of them.
I expected a more optimistic tone throughout but some of this isn't what I would consider inspiring or motivational.
For example, the author states early in the book that we (women over 50) would all like to be "fresher and stronger" . That phrase jumped out at me as a very negative thing to say.
For myself, as a woman over 50, I can honestly say that I've never felt stronger physically (and in other respects) than I do right now. 😁
Age does not have to equal being stale OR frail. Those negative connotations are usually tied to the choices we make and what we believe about ourselves. In turn, this will impact how others perceive and relate to us.
Ageism is something that I refuse to accept in my own life and by making this decision I have felt happier overall and definitely not dreading the aging process, as I once was.
I enjoyed some of this book but I think it could have been more upbeat, inspiring and positive overall.
Geraldine Helen Hartman, author of: Laughing at the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well